Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Stupid is as Stupid Does....

If my memory serves me right that is a quote from the wonderful movie Forest Gump and it pretty wells sums up what I did last night!

In preparation for Friday’s party I was cleaning the house again yesterday. I know still cleaning...you must think how darn messy is that house? Well the answer is very. I try my best but with my health failing it doesn’t always work out the way I want it to. I have only finished the laundry room and the upstairs spare bedroom which means I still have A LOT to do today and tomorrow.

So with all that needs to be done I kept thinking yesterday morning that I sure need to do something with all of my tomatoes. I had appointments in the city that afternoon so I figured I would do something when I got home. Well at about 8pm I decided to make tomato sauce. I figure how long can that take. Core 35lbs of tomatoes, boil slightly, put though food mill and then just boil the sauce till the thickness I want. Well Stupid is as Stupid Does.

It took me till 10pm to core all the little buggers and then till 11 to put them through the food mill. I then ended up with too much “sauce” to fit into one pot and with only one big burner available things were not looking good. So I will have to do the other half today..I boiled the sauce for an hour and a half and even though it reduced to 2/3 it was still runny like soup. Since I still had to process everything and it was 12:30am I figured it was just going to have to be good enough. I put it into jars and started up the pressure canner......and by 2:10am I was finally able to take the jars out and go to bed.

I was able to get 9 500ml jars and 1L jar (which I didn’t process and will be used in the next day or today)
I am going to try and cook the heck out of my next batch and hopefully it gets thicker. I am thinking that too much pulp got left behind in my food mill. If anyone has any helpful hints I would love hear them via comment or e-mail.

So now of course the kitchen is a disaster zone which doesn't help...lol Stupid is as Stupid does!

5 comments:

  1. They look pretty good to me! I don't see any water at the top...maybe that's it..unless you make a rue for the sauce when you use them.

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  2. Don't worry too much about the house. I always go crazy cleaning when we are having company and they really don't notice. Just clean up that kitchen, hide all the junk then dust and vaccuum!

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  3. Sorry no tips on the tomato sauce....I have done stuff before that I "thought" would take a certain amount of time and it ends up taking longer. Good luck with the next batch of sauce.
    Quilting by the River

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  4. Your tomatoe sauce looks great. I'm sure your guests won't notice if your house isn't perfectly clean.

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